An Illinois 18-year-old male motorist recently entered into a plea agreement on an accusation of aggravated DUI. The charges grew out of an incident last December in which a car crash resulted in both him and a female passenger in another vehicle suffering injuries described as critical. In exchange for withdrawing his prior not guilty plea and admitting guilt to drunk driving, the teenager was given a sentence of felony probation. Had he been convicted at trial, he could have faced a much harsher sentence of a $25,000 fine and up to 12 years of incarceration.
The teenager had consumed alcohol at a house party before the crash. Police claimed that his blood-alcohol content tested at 0.145, which exceeds the 0.08 legal limit for motorists in Illinois.
At the time of the accident, his pickup truck allegedly went through a stop sign at an intersection, hitting the passenger side of a GMC Yukon vehicle. The teenager was flung from his truck as he was not wearing his seat belt at the time. His injuries left him paralyzed and in need of a wheelchair. The other vehicle rolled over and a female passenger suffered injuries which included a fractured ankle, fractured ribs, and a broken back.
Many teen motorists, in the course of their first early experimentations with alcohol, make the mistake of drinking and driving. In this instance, it led to an accident which has changed the teenager's life forever because of his injuries.
Such a momentary youthful indiscretion, however, does not have to completely ruin a young person's academic and professional future, given support and help from his parents and competent legal representation to minimize legal consequences.
Source: Quincy Herald-Whig, "Fowler teen pleads guilty to aggravated DUI charge from December accident," Don O'Brien, Oct. 18, 2012